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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 4, December 2019
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Jenny Apostal
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA


Cardinal

For a time, he flew into our side door. Made a habit of hurling himself, red chest and wingspan smashed to two dimensions by the windowpane. Some days, he struck at ten or twenty second intervals. A streak then a retreat, like film of a blood-spill run backward.

I worried about the damage to his tiny head and frame, the force of ounces multiplied by velocity and recurrence. A female perched nearby; were they a nesting pair? I put up a curtain to block the view, but he kept coming. We'd hear the click of his beak on glass, note the smudge of greasy feathers.

years filled with birds
finally learning
the cardinal's song

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